Private Stewart Harris Moir

 

 

Private Moir (No.973) enlisted on 10 August 1914 at Belfast. He claimed that he was aged 19 and an engineer. He embarked for France with C Squadron on 21 August 1914. According to a pal in C Squadron, Corporal Fred Lindsay:

No. 4 Troop first went into action near St. Quentin during the retreat from Mons. In this rearguard action Trooper Moirs, of Belfast, and a comrade, were captured by Uhlans, and re-captured later by the Suffolks, who made prisoners of the troopers’ erstwhile captors.

At the end of December 1914 Moir became ill and was sent to hospital in England. Soon after, the authorities discovered that he was under-age, and he was discharged from the service.

Stewart Moir's brother, David Watson Moir (Service No.1041), enlisted with the Horse between 25 and 27 August 1914, and embarked for France on 20 January 1915. He served with A Squadron, the 1st Regiment, and V Corps (North Irish Horse) Cyclist Regiment.

The image of Private Moir, from the Belfast Evening Telegraph, accompanied the following text:

STEWART H. MOIR, of Antrim Road, Belfast, who is attached to the North Irish Horse, and was reported missing after the battle of Mons. His relatives have received a letter from him stating that he was wounded, but has recovered, and is now on his way to rejoin his regiment. His elder brother is the well-known Cliftonville centre-forward, who is now in South Africa, and another brother is a member of the North Irish Horse.

 

Image from the Belfast Evening Telegraph, kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (www.greatwarbelfastclippings.com).